Bulls practice notes: 'We're doing a lot of running... we'll be getting in ...

You can bet new Bulls’ head coach Jim Boylen was thrilled to get two full days of practice before starting a three-game homestand Friday night against the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder.

Boylen told reporters he was going back to basics, holding a pair of training camp-style practices complete with the old high school suicide runs to improve the team’s conditioning.

The Thunder were able to get Schroder from Atlanta in the Carmelo Anthony salary dump, and the move has paid big dividends, especially considering defensive stopper Andre Roberson had a setback in his injury rehab and is out indefinitely.

Second-year pro Terrance Ferguson has moved into the starting lineup at shooting guard for Roberson, with Schroder leading a second unit that includes Alex Abrines, Nerlens Noel and Patrick Patterson.

Trying to run with Westbrook, Schroder and George will almost certainly lead to a loss, so the Bulls will need to try to keep the Thunder around 100 points (they’re averaging 111), and hope they can execute well enough to win a close game at home.

While the Bulls were on the floor practicing Thursday, long time team fixture and assistant Randy Brown returned to the front corridor area of the Advocate Center to pick up a few boxes and load them up in his car.

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